This picture makes me smile.
The flowers are so huge and the setting so wonderfully bizarre, you immediately feel like a child again. It’s hard to believe that it’s part of a hotel foyer. Except that it’s the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. And when you are in Vegas, it dawns on you that not only is almost anything possible, it’s also very probable. And not only that, there’s no real reason for anything to be the way it is, only that someone wanted it that way. A complete recreation of St. Mark’s Square in Venice, complete with canals and gondolas – well why not? Paris, New York, a lion enclosure in your hotel or an underwater theme? What’s not to love about any of that! Plus – and this is a huge plus – it’s all air conditioned. You just never know what you’ll actually see when you step in from the oven-like Vegas heat, your eyes strain a little to adjust, but then your head has to mind-bend to take in all before you.
I went looking for the photos following another trip: to Liverpool, where there’s lots of Beatles memories, tours and culture. I started humming ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and then thought, I’ve had that feeling and I’ve got the photos…